Sorting Conveyors

Part presentation is an essential component in many manufacturing processes. Part presentation is the automated sorting and orientation of parts for downstream processing or assembly. Over the years, various technologies have been developed to enhance the capabilities of one of the more popular part presentation solutions - sorting conveyors. In this blog post, we will explore some of the latest technologies used to improve the accuracy, speed, and flexibility of sorting conveyors.

The latest technology used in sorting conveyors is advancing at a rapid pace, enabling more accurate, flexible, and efficient part sorting. The integration of computer vision, artificial intelligence, collaborative robots, 3D printing, and IoT connectivity is transforming the manufacturing industry and enabling manufacturers to optimize their production processes. As these technologies continue to evolve, we can expect to see even greater improvements in sorting conveyor capabilities and the overall efficiency of manufacturing operations.

Another solution to part presentation is the vibratory bowl.  Vibratory bowls have been used for decades in automated manufacturing to sort and orient parts. A vibratory bowl works by using vibration to move and align parts that are fed into the bowl. The bowl is typically made of stainless steel and contains an internal vibratory motor that produces vibrations in a controlled frequency and amplitude.

When parts are fed into the bowl, they move along a track and into the vibratory bowl. As the bowl vibrates, the parts move around the bowl and begin to orient themselves due to the movement and shape of the bowl. The vibration causes the parts to move up the sides of the bowl, and they eventually reach the top, where they spill over into a collection area.

The design of the bowl and its internal components, such as the track and the shape of the bowl, can be adjusted to optimize the orientation and separation of the parts. For example, the shape of the bowl can be designed to create a spiral or a circular motion, which can help to separate parts of different sizes and shapes.

 The design of a vibratory bowl can have a significant impact on its performance, and there are several factors to consider when designing a vibratory bowl.

Designing a vibratory bowl requires careful consideration of the part characteristics, bowl shape, vibration frequency and amplitude, feeder track, and additional features. By taking these factors into account, you can design a vibratory bowl that will effectively sort and orient parts during automated manufacturing.